Chaplain's Tid Bit
Don't Stop Praying
"Then [the man from heaven] said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. … But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days.”
In recent years there have been a number of books written by people claiming to have had “out of body” or “near-death” experiences in which they saw heaven, hell, or eternity. Unfortunately, these “revelations” cannot be deemed as authoritative—but there is one glimpse of heavenly activity that can.
Humility Cures Worldliness
James 4:7 (nkjv)
7 "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
After Daniel prayed for three weeks for the understanding of the vision he had seen, a “certain man” (angel) appeared before him with answers. He revealed to Daniel that he had set out from heaven on the first day of Daniel’s prayers, but that he had been obstructed by a demonic angel—the prince of Persia—for 21 days. That is, the entire three weeks that Daniel was praying, there was spiritual warfare between heaven and earth that delayed the answer to his prayers.
Jesus taught his disciples to “pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Let’s leave the timing of God’s answers to Him as we imitate Daniel—praying and not losing heart.
"Days of trouble must be days of prayer."
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
RIDING FREE FROM DC:
Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway
Change in Motorcycle Safety Funds
Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) was alerted by our contacts in the U.S. Senate regarding a proposed change to the dedicated 405 Motorcycle Safety funds in the National Priority Safety Programs that is authorized through the Highway Bill. The proposed change to this program would add another criterion for states to qualify for motorcycle safety funds. In order to qualify, states have to meet two of the six current criteria. In addition to the current criteria, the additional qualifying area would add a category for states that have a mandatory helmet law for anyone under the age of 18. While meeting the under 18 helmet law is not mandatory to receive these funds, we at the MRF oppose any such change. We cannot allow any amount of erosion of our rights on this issue. The MRF is adamantly opposed to any federal law that would require the use of a helmet, apparel, or conspicuity standard.
We are actively monitoring this situation to make sure that this staff discussion does not find its way into any draft highway bill legislation. The back-door attempt to include language that leverages a state without a helmet law for those under 18 as one of the minimum criteria may encourage some states to change their current laws to make it easier to qualify for these federal funds. In 1975, Congress enacted a law forcing all states to enact a mandatory helmet in order to receive any federal transportation funds. The MRF and state motorcycle rights organizations around this country fought tirelessly during this time for the law to be overturned. Congress flip-flopped on the helmet law by striking down the 1975 law, then reinstating it in 1991. The MRF and the motorcycle rights organizations were finally successful in 1995 by overturning the federal mandatory helmet law.
We at the MRF have already communicated with our contact that we would be adamantly opposed to any changes to the language. This potential change could be viewed as an attempt to blackmail states into changing their current laws as a way to additionally qualify for these funds. While there is not any official draft in circulation for the next highway bill reauthorization, we will continue to remain on guard against attempts to add or implement such changes.
The motorcycle safety funds were first authorized in 2005 through the highway reauthorization known as SAFETEA-LU. The federal government began a dedicated state grants program in an attempt to reduce the number of single and multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcyclists. The program has continued to be authorized in the federal highway bill legislation and is currently still active in the current iteration known as the FAST-ACT of 2015 which is set to expire in September 2020. Last week, we reported that NHTSA had released the fiscal year 2020 state grant totals for each of the National Priority Safety Programs. The $4.2 million motorcycle safety grant program was divided between forty-three states and Puerto Rico. In fact, the motorcycle safety grant program only makes up 1.5% of the appropriation for this program. With over 8.5 million registered motorcycles on our nation’s roadways, the federal government only spends on average $0.49 per motorcycle.
We will keep you posted on this and other topics as lawmakers continue the process of drafting a new transportation and infrastructure package in 2020.
About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.
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20th District Legislators
Rep Richard DeBolt (R)
425A Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Rep Ed Orcutt (R)
408 John L. O'Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Sen John Braun (R)
303 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40420
Olympia, WA 98504
Link to State Legislature Home page
3rd Congressional District Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R)
Motorcycle Safety & Education
Lewis County A.B.A.T.E
Motorcycle Safety and Education Program
It is a pleasure to help new drivers to be aware of motorcycles on our roadways. I have been teaching Motorcycle Safety and Awareness in Lewis, Thurston, and Mason Counties for the past 3 years. I found it to be very rewarding and a great benefit to our community to spread the word of Motorcycle safety. In my opinion, Motorcycle safety cannot be taught enough in our high schools and driving schools and to all drivers, no matter what kind of vehicle or motorcycle they drive. I hope to keep teaching new drivers whenever and wherever I can. “REMEMBER” always look before you act. It may Save A Life of a Brother, Sister or maybe one of your own family. HEY, were out there!! This message came from a motorcycle rider near you!
Lewis County Chapter Motorcycle Safety
and Education Chairpersons,
Keith Allen and Loren "Low" Ackerman
2020 Motorcycle Knowledge Testing Schedule for Lewis County
Contact Puget Sound Safety for information on testing and safety courses.
How to Trail Brake your motorcycle